Welcome Back to Bard Prep!

The new year of the Bard Preparatory Division is almost here!  Classes and lessons resume on September 2nd for our Tuesday students and September 6th for Saturday students.

The 2014-2015 year will be the 8th year of Bard Prep and we are looking forward to another great year of music making.  We wanted to take a moment to mention some details about the upcoming semester and to acquaint or reacquaint you with our Blog/Newsletter.

The Blog/Newsletter, which you are reading now, is updated weekly and automatically sent to all of the Bard Prep parents and faculty on Wednesday morning OR whenever there is a time-sensitive announcement such as cancellation of classes due to inclement weather.  Because our program has grown so rapidly and it is difficult to directly call or email every student, the Newsletter is the primary source of communication for the Prep Division.  When you receive the Newsletter, please at least read the headlines to check for any changes or notices that might be relevant to you.

Other information in the Newsletter includes upcoming Bard Prep Faculty performances, Bard Conservatory events and performances, student achievements, practice tips, and anything else that might be of interest to our community.  If you have suggestions for post topics or if you would like to contribute a post, please email us at bardprep@bard.edu.

The Classifieds link in the Newsletter contains information about Practice Buddies (Bard Conservatory students that are available for practice coaching) as well as instruments for sale and other community information.  To list an instrument or musically related item in the Classifieds please email it to us at bardprep@bard.edu and we will post it.  If you would like to list a non-musically related item, it is $5 for a month of listing.

Finally, information regarding our weekly Bake Sale will be posted on the Blog/Newsletter, with a link to the sign-up sheet for the Bake Sale table.  The Bake Sale has been a huge part of the Bard Prep fundraising efforts in the past two years, making it possible to expand the program, add student composition recitals and outside performance opportunities, provide new instruments for Music and Movement classes, offer more financial aid, etc. etc..  In other words, the Bake Sale is crucial to the success of our program and we need to have a steady stream of volunteers to provide treats and sell those treats to those of us with no self-control (we know who we are).  Please visit the Bake Sale page to sign up for a time slot or to volunteer a treat.  Thank you in advance for contributing; the continued success of the Bake Sale benefits everyone in the Bard Prep Program.



Finally, here is the Bard Prep Student Handbook -2014-2015.  Please read through to find answers to questions about class and lesson policies and procedures.

And as always, feel free to email or call Susanne or Ryan with any questions or comments at:


Ryan – 615 498-4996

Susanne – 646 456-8795

Thanks so much for your attention and for being a part of the Bard Prep Community.  We look forward to seeing you all next week,

Ryan and Susanne


Fall 2014 Bard Prep Calendar with Recital Dates

Below is the Fall calendar with all recital dates included.  The names of your child’s teachers are listed next to the dates when their students are scheduled to perform.  Please make note of the dates for your records.  If you need to make a change, you must let us know by September 20th.  There are many complicated scheduling considerations so we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate all changes that are requested.  Please also note that the teachers will only be present for the dates listed below so if students’ performance dates are changed, their individual instrumental teacher might not be present at their performance.


Each Semester Consists of 13 Weeks of Classes/Lessons

FALL SEMESTER Calendar – 2014

  • Saturdays September 6 -­‐ Dec 13 (except Oct 11, Nov 29)

            Snow Date -­‐ December 20

  • Tuesdays September 2 -­‐ Dec 9 (except Oct 14, Nov 25)

           Snow Date -­‐ December 16


Important Fall Semester Dates

  • October 25: Midterm Recital #1 – Conservatory Performance Space at Bito (CPS) Performers will be the students of:

Cynthia Tobey

David Temple

Hiroko Sasaki

Luba Poliak

Lucy Dhegrae

Ryan Kamm

Susanne Son



  • November 1 – Midterm Recital #2 (CPS)

3:30 pm – Ensembles  (Violin, Cello, String, Vocal Ensembles)

Solo Performers will be the students of:

Alice Yoo

Amy Travis

Anna Stoytcheva

Brian Krinke

Helena Baillie

Malena Dayen

Nicholas Alton Lewis

Renana Gutman

Susanne Son


  • November 15 – Spring Registration Deadline – applications and deposits ($100 per student) for Spring semester are due in the office by 4 pm


  • November 22 – Composition Recitals (CPS) – All Students – times tbd


  • December 6 – Final Recital #1 (Olin Hall)

Performers will be the students of:

Cynthia Tobey

David Temple

Hiroko Sasaki

Luba Poliak

Lucy Dhegrae

Ryan Kamm

Susanne Son


  • December 13 – Final Recital #2 (CPS)

3:30 pm -  Ensembles  (Violin, Cello, String, Vocal Ensembles)

Solo Performers will be the students of:

Alice Yoo

Amy Travis

Anna Stoytcheva

Brian Krinke

Helena Baillie

Lucy Dhegrae

Malena Dayen

Nicholas Alton Lewis

Renana Gutman

Upcoming Faculty Performances

HELENA BAILLIE – Prep Violin Faculty

  • Kingston Festival of the Arts:  Saturday August 30, 2014 at 8 pm with Babette Hierholzer, piano and Eugenia Zukerman, flute

Where: Old Dutch Church | Uptown Kingston | 272 Wall Street | Kingston, NY 12401 | 845.338.6759 – More info:  http://kingstonfestival.org


  • An Evening of Classical and Tango with Alexander Henry:  Saturday September 6th, Hudson, NY:  for more information or tickets please call 518-697-0909



DAVID TEMPLE - Prep Guitar Faculty

  • Music of Brazil and Argentina with Violinist Brian Silber:  Sunday August 31st at 3:00 pm:  Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck:  for more information visit the website: www.centerforperformingarts.org, or call the box office at (845) 876-3080




Bake Sale!

Calling all Bakers and Eaters (that should include everyone).  The Bard Prep BAKE SALE will resume on Saturday September 6th from 10 am – 2:30 pm.  The Bake Sale has been a crucial part of the operation of the Preparatory Division, bringing in a much needed $7,633.66 last year, funds that were used to support all aspects of the program.  So in addition to picking up a tasty and healthy lunch, you can help support the continued development of the program, which benefits our whole community.

Please consider BAKING an entree or goody or SIGNING UP for a shift to work at the table.  All kinds of dishes are welcome, but for specific suggestions please see the Bake Sale Page Here.

Click here to find the Page to Sign Up for Baking and Table Helping!

Thank You!

New Prep Division Faculty

This semester we are excited to welcome 2 new teachers to our Bard Prep community:

  • Pianist LUBA POLIAK has been a regular on the Bard Music Camp faculty and, after years of begging she is finally able to join the year-round program!
  • Violinist BRIAN KRINKE is familiar to the Bard community from his time in the ASO.  He is an experienced and dedicated teacher and we are happy to have him joining us this fall.


Final Newsletter of the 2013-2014 Year, A Great Year at Bard Prep! – information on Summer Lessons, Summer Camp, Fall Registration, and 2014-2015 dates

The 2013-2014 year at Bard Prep has come to a close and it was a great year at Prep.  Seeing all of the musical and personal growth of the students every week of the year and hearing the results of their hard work at the final recitals was truly inspirational.  Thank you for being a part of this special community.  We look forward to seeing everyone back soon.  Information on Summer Lessons, Summer Camp, and the Fall Semester are below and we will be in touch this summer as well.  Have a great summer!  Thank you and see you soon, Ryan and Susanne

Please stay in touch.  Email us at bardprep@bard.edu any time.

1. SUMMER LESSONS:  Students (and parents) interested in continuing lessons during the summer break should send us an email at bardprep@bard.edu and we can give you specifics about what is available for your instrument and how to go about scheduling lessons.



4th Annual Bard Music Camp!! – July 7-19, 2014

Week 1 (July 7-12):  Ages 5-9 – Please Note: Only 3 spots left for Music Camp and Tennis Mini-Camp for Week 1 – ONLY 1 Spot Left (Age 8 or 9 only)!!!

Week 2 (July 14-19):  Ages 10-18 – Space still available for Music Camp and Tennis Mini-Camp

Applications can be found on the website:  www.bard.edu/conservatory/preparatory/summercamp

  • June 2nd:  Regular Registration Deadline – after June 2nd $25 late fee applies (if spots are still available)

Please email us at bardprep@bard.edu if you have any questions.  We hope to see everyone at the Bard Music Camp this summer!


3. Fall 2014 Registration is Open!

Information is now on the WEBSITE

Applications are available here:  2014-2015 Prep application form

Deposits are due by August 8 to guarantee a spot!


2014-2015 Calendar

Fall Dates – 13 Saturdays (Tuesdays are still to be determined)

September 6 – December 13 (no classes October 11 or November 29)

Snow Date – December 20


Spring Dates – 13 Saturdays (Tuesdays tbd)

January 24 – May 9 (no classes February 14, March 28, April 4)

Snow Date #1 – May 16

Snow Date #2 – March 28


Bake Sale – Thanks for a Great Semester!

Thank you to all of the Bakers and Eaters this year that made the Bard Prep Bake Sale a huge success.  The funds generated by the Bake Sale are crucial to all aspects of the program and we are very grateful to everyone that participated.

The Bake Sale total for the Spring semester was an amazing $3,718.16 bringing the total for the 2013-2014 year to $7,633.66!

Save up your appetites and we will see you in September!

Nina Sanders Merit Award

Prep Student Nina Sanders will be heading off to boarding school next year.  To honor her time in the Bard Preparatory Division and to help further the mission of the Bard Preparatory Division, her parents have graciously decided to endow a scholarship that will be given to one Bard Prep student each year based on merit.

The Nina Sanders Merit Award will be awarded annually to a student who has shown consistent excellence in their music studies and a high level of personal integrity. The student will be expected to represent the Bard Preparatory Division in various outreach events throughout the year.

We are happy to announce that the scholarship committee has decided to award the first Nina Sanders Merit Award to Prep student Ethan Richman for the 2014-2015 year!  Ethan has shown exceptional commitment and dedication to the study of music in his 6 years at Prep and we have all witnessed his musical growth.  Congratulations Ethan!  We look forward to seeing and hearing what great things you will accomplish in the coming year.

This is a one-time award per student.  In Spring 2015, we will hold an application and audition round to determine the recipient 2015-2016 award.  More details will be coming in the Fall semester.  Practice hard!

Nina’s family hopes that the establishment of this award will encourage the pursuit of excellence for our students.  It is a big step for the Bard Prep program and we would like to thank Anne, Steve, and Nina again for their generous contribution to the musical life of our community!

Arbor Ridge Concert


On Sunday, May 4th Bard Prep Students visited the Arbor Ridge Retirement Home in Rhinebeck to perform for the residents.  The students sounded great and a good time was had by all.  Thank you to those who participated and thanks to Arbor Ridge for hosting us in this wonderful event.


Classifieds – 1/2 Size Violin for Sale, Practice Buddy List

  • 1/2 Size Violin for Sale: Mathias Lubocki Copy of Antonius Stradivarius made for Stammel Strings with Bobelock case/hygrometer.  No bow.  $900.00  If interested, contact Janet Stetson at – stetson@bard.edu

If you are looking for or selling an instrument or any musical equipment this is your space.  Send the information to us at bardprep@bard.edu and we will post that information for you.